Talking about Star Wars…

Conspiracy: Star Wars : Inside job.

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…some excitement as regards the unveiling of the ‘teaser’ for the next Star Wars film. Let’s hope that it’s as good as Guardians of the Galaxy, which somehow with relatively little fanfare managed to bottle at least a bit of the charm of the original two (or three) Star Wars films.

But that aside, what of this?

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Born in Flames – left feminist film from the early 1980s

Makes you think about Reagan-Monetarism and how bad things were in the early 80’s … not so much Sci-Fi, but what if Nixon had stayed and undermined society …

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Has anyone else seen this vision of the future?

As the wiki page notes:

Born in Flames is a 1983 documentary-style feminist science fiction film by Lizzie Borden that explores racism, classism, sexism and heterosexism in an alternative United States socialist democracy.[1]

It’s set following a ‘social democrat’ revolution so it’s sort of science fiction, and sort of not and very interesting.

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Theory finds that individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome don’t lack empathy – in fact if anything they empathize too much

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Art work by Aegis Mario S. Nevado Art work by Aegis Mario S. Nevado

“A ground-breaking theory suggests people with autism-spectrum disorders such as Asperger’s do not lack empathy – rather, they feel others’ emotions too intensely to cope.”

“People with Asperger’s syndrome, a high functioning form of autism, are often stereotyped as distant loners or robotic geeks. But what if what looks like coldness to the outside world is a response to being overwhelmed by emotion – an excess of empathy, not a lack of it?

This idea resonates with many people suffering from autism-spectrum disorders and their families. It also jibes with the “intense world” theory, a new way of thinking about the nature of autism.

As posited by Henry and Kamila Markram of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, the theory suggests that the fundamental problem in autism-spectrum disorders is not a social deficiency but, rather, a hypersensitivity to experience…

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Andrew Wakefield apparently doesn’t understand the first rule of documentaries

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Andrew Wakefield has tried to make a new career for himself as a film maker. He runs a website producing YouTube and Vimeo videos in which he describes himself as “director”. He also serves as presenter. He has finished his documentary on the murder of Alex Spourdalakis, even though his fundraiser fell well short of its goal (“$9,532USD RAISED OF $200,000 GOAL”).

If one follows the link above to the Mr. Wakefield’s Autism Media Channel, one will find a trailer for his “Who Killed Alex Spourdalakis” video. The narration talks about him being treated “in the words of witnesses…like an animal…” and at 26 seconds in one sees this image:


An image from that same video is also seen at about 20 seconds into the trailer.

As one who has followed various stories in the autism community I know that video well. I know it is taken from a…

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Climate Chaos Emergency UN Summit: Taoiseach’s attentance pressed

Immediate Press Release                    19th September 2014

An Taisce calls for concerted action by everyone in the face abrupt global warming.

An Taisce is calling on the world’s leaders to agree and enforce a cap on global Cumulative Total Emissions at the UN summit in New York next week.  Cumulative Total Emissions (CTE) are critical to climate action that ensures local and national efforts are not undermined anywhere or in the future.

The findings of the 5th Assessment Report of the IPCC have changed the climate equation.  There is now an overwhelming scientific consensus that:

·         The added greenhouse gases (GHGs) generated by human activity are causing abrupt global warming, by trapping ever more incoming solar energy.

·         Carbon dioxide (CO2), the GHG from burning fossil fuels, accumulates in the atmosphere.

·         There is a direct linear connection between the total amount of CO2 emitted and the resulting increase in the global average temperature.

Professor Barry McMullin of An Taisce’s Climate Change Committee stated: “To control the global ‘thermostat’ cumulative global total emissions (CTE) must be cut rapidly to avoid dangerous risks of severe impacts.  These include drastic food, water and energy shortages, sea level rise, major population movements, widespread species extinction and ecosystem collapse.  Concerted action now will reduce risk.”

All sectors of society and all nations must engage in rapid and extensive emissions reductions based on a calculation that reflects their responsibility for the cumulative total.  Given historic emissions and high consumption patterns, the wealthy developed countries must accept higher and more immediate burdens of reduction responsibility and cost.  Affordable climate adaptation will be possible only if the least cost option, urgent mitigation, is achieved quickly.


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Say “No” to Ice Bucket Challenge

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Below is an article, from the Victims of Charity website by Animal Aid, that I thought well worth sharing.

Huge sums of money have been donated in recent weeks to motor neurone disease charities through the ice bucket challenge craze. Animal Aid is urging people to resist enriching these charities by dowsing themselves in iced water or challenging others to do so.

Instead, we are challenging the Motor Neurone Disease Association, the main beneficiary of the ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) ice bucket phenomenon in this country, to stop funding cruelly invasive animal tests. Such tests include those using genetically modified mice bred to suffer severe motor impairment and muscle weakness.

Experiments using GM mice and other animals can in no way adequately replicate the complexities of ALS in humans, which are significantly affected by specific genetic traits, such as those relating to ethnic and geographic variables.

GM mouse experiments…

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